Dalai Lama apologises after viral video of him kissing a child: It was innocent and playful


The Dalai Lama has had to issue an apology after a video went viral on all social media last weekend, which showed the moment where the Dalai Lama, spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism, was seen kissing a minor on the mouth and then asking him to ‘suck his tongue’.

Following the scandal, the office of the leader of Lamaism issued a statement apologising and explaining the whole situation.

The Dalai Lama‘s office said: “His holiness wishes to apologise to the boy and his family as well as his many friends across the world, for the hurt his words may have caused.

“His holiness often teases people he meets in an innocent and playful way, even in public and before cameras. He regrets the incident.”

The event was in February, but the images and video circulated on social media last weekend, trending and platforms such as Twitter were filled with protests and messages of disgust at what they were seeing.

The child approached the Dalai Lama and asked if he could hug him, so the leader invited him on stage, showed him his cheek, and invited him to give him a kiss: “First here”.

The Dalai Lama kept hold of the boy, saying “I think here also” and then placing a kiss on his lips. “And suck my tongue,” the Dalai Lama then said, sticking out his tongue, forehead to forehead with the student.

“Such cultural expressions are not acceptable”.

The M3M Foundation, a philanthropic part of the Indian real estate company M3M Group, based in Dharamshala, India, where the Dalai Lama lives in exile, told CNN media outlet its condemnation of “all forms of child abuse”.

“Some news reports refer to Tibetan culture about showing language, but this video is certainly not about any cultural expression, and even if it is, such cultural expressions are not acceptable,” they said.

“The world looks up to religious leaders to take a stand and lead against the exploitation and abuse of children through their actions and words,” M3M concluded.

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